The first page of the 2024 calendar has been turned, the groundhog did not see his shadow and time marches on... Amy Grant has a song about this topic - Our Time is Now
January, February, March,
The days are marching forward
April, May, June and July
They fly like a hummingbird
August, September, October
The year is almost over
November, December arrive
Another year, come and gone
Time is illusion
Time is a curse
Time is all these things and worse
But our time is now, ohhhhh
Yes, our time is now, ohhhhh
Let us sing before our time runs out.
Time didn't really run out in the studio this week but as the days ticked by... oh wait, that ticking I heard was really my machine. I am way late with a regular service cleaning and tune up (I am embarrassed to admit that it should have been last fall)... I have decided that it is vital for me to get it into the shop very soon. The only thing is... I'm not sure when that might happen.
The shop I rely upon is located 90 miles from me. In order to just drop off, it is a 1/2 day trip. And since you are driving such a distance, you take advantage of the opportunity to run errands to stores that are not available locally... It truly ends up taking an entire day.
This is 1/4 of the non-traditional layout which I will be using a Quilt-As-You-Go method for finishing it.
I'll have a little more time to finalize the patterns while my machine is enjoying its spa day and then I will "test" them as I piece blocks for a purple/lavender traditional sampler quilt.
Tentatively, I am looking at a kickoff of the sew along at the beginning of March, with patterns to be released every two weeks... taking us to nearly the end of the year.
Along with that sneaky-peeky I gave of the BQII, I offered an update to my slow-stitch paper embroidery. Since my machine is needing a spa day, I decided on Friday afternoon that I would devote a good portion of my weekend to this piece of artwork. Here's what I have done so far...
Dave had asked me.
"what are you going to do with it when you are done?"
Why do we have to have an answer to such a question???
Sometimes a project just satisfies the "create drive" that we all have.
Rarely does an avid reader get questioned of how much time they spend reading... or if they could have been doing something more productive...
Sometimes that "need to create" or try something new is a way of escaping... no different than reading a novel for the shear enjoyment of getting lost in "another world."
(Yes, Mom continues clearing out the various collections that she has or inherited.)
There are postcards from early 1900s through 2000. What a job. I found postcards I wrote to my parents when I visited Chicagoland for the first time with Dave to meet his family. I found cards sent to my mom while she was away at school for the short time that she went... I found cards sent from my Grandpa to my Grandma when he traveled for work... It was sort of family history lesson and trip down memory lane.
I have sorted out the antique (99+ years old) "greeting cards", vintage cards 50+ years old), local, Colorado, international, and National Parks cards and the rest have gone into "General." I am considering breaking the general collection down into more categories such as birds, animals, cactus and states... Only time will tell.
DonnaLeeQ has been busy organizing and in doing so found several quick to finish projects.
What a fun way to escape!
Time for you share your projects... but before you go,
Leave a comment that tells me one of your favorite ways to escape.